social movements

Changing Landscapes

We celebrated 15 years of democracy at the election polls in April, giving rise to an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, and where we are going. Like the often turbulent years of human adolescence, our country has experienced dynamic change and development since the first democratic elections in 1994. A key component of our democracy, the non-government organisation (NGO) sector, which delivers thousands of vital services to the broader community, has also experienced transition in the past decade and a half.

Ashoka Founder and CEO Honoured

Ashoka Founder and CEO, Bill Drayton, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Yale University's 308th Commencement.

The honorary degrees awarded annually during the Yale University Commencement are the highest honor conferred by the university. Past recipients include Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr, John F Kennedy, and Sandra Day O'Connor.

Voting for a better life

Protests over inadequate or non-existent service delivery continue to be a feature of South Africa’s socio-political landscape. Khutsong, Moutse, Matatiele, Bushbuckridge and other communities, have all reached boiling point, as people took to their demands to the streets.

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice

Responding to Conflict (RTC) is conducting a five-day course on Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice from 17-21 November 2008 in Birmingham, UK.

Peacebuilding: Strengthening Policy and Practice is designed to assist participants to identify constructive ways of engaging with the unpredictable and rapidly changing circumstances within which many relief and development agencies work. It focuses on the relationship between policy and practice in complex situations.

Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise: A New Model for Poverty Reduction and Employment Generation is a report that finds that traditional development initiatives in post-communist states often focus on bolstering the private sector or the state, while ignoring organisations that combine for-profit activities with social aims. The report suggests a number of ways to promote social enterprises in transition countries.

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